Will Rogers once said, ”Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
This idea has implications in every area of life, but certainly in the areas of leadership. Take time to read it again and consider the following ideas.
First, the implication is that we are on the right track. Some people are on the wrong track, and whether they sit still or move in the same direction, if it is the wrong track there are consequences.
Second, there is an intentionality to the idea expressed. We are talking about movement and an intentional movement in the right direction.
Third, the possibility of being run over are great enough when we are moving, but sitting still assures a destructive result, which no one wants to happen.
Fourth, sitting in the same place is not an option. Even if we are on the right track, immobility creates a negative impact on the morale of others, especially followers.
One thought, but it is power packed with information. Think about how it impacts our leadership.
Perhaps you are familiar with the idea of insanity: “doing the same things in the same way and expecting different results.”
As amazing as it may sound, we often practice a level of insanity when approaching our leadership, we want to do the same things the way we have always done them, yet expect different results.
Our culture has changed. Demographics have changed. We have changed, whether we want to admit it or not.
What we need is a little sanity. By definition, the idea of sanity speaks of reasonable and rational behavior. Now there are two powerful words for leaders to learn.
The thought expressed does not mean we never take risks, nor does it mean we are unwilling to make changes.
The thought behind sanity involves making sure we investigate the facts, consider the pros and cons, and implement change with a reasonable approach for what is best.
We are not talking about something that is unscriptural, but rather not being tied to the traditions of men as binding for eternity.
Sanity or insanity: that is the question.
Today’s post begs a question of possibility. Is it possible in our culture to avoid negativity? The answer is, no!
We cannot completely avoid negativity. Sadly, we are surrounded by it. We often face so much negativity it is difficult to see much positive.
Since, we cannot avoid negativity, what can we do to limit its influence, or put a positive spin on it?
First, prayer is where it all starts. God promises to answer, so why not begin at His throne and seek guidance in overcoming the issue.
Second, focus on spending time with people who are positive. If we struggle to deal with negativity, a good dose of optimism from friends is a another place to help.
Third, the material we read and the messages we hear need to ring with optimism. Turning off the television is a positive beginning point. Read a good book…hey, the Bible is a good thought.
Fourth, commit to saying at least five positive things every day. Once we are comfortable with five, increase the number by five.
Much more could be said, but this is a positive start in the right direction.
Familiarity can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, the more familiar we are with the person or circumstances, the easier it is to take advantage of the situation, have an unhealthy level of contentment, or develop a lesser sense of urgency.
On the other hand, having familiarity instills confidence in the consistency of character or desired outcomes, especially when we talk about leadership.
Developing a familiarity between leaders and followers takes time and a process that involves several key factors.
A mutual respect for the life experiences of each other builds a stronger relationship of trust in the common goals and expectations of the group.
Another critical component to familiarity is to share life experiences with each other. The biblical teaching of “weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice” must be applied.
Create an open door policy that contributes to the approachability of everyone involved. Achieving this task is not easy, but the results bring lasting leadership.
More could be said, but how we address familiarity can hinder or strengthen our leadership.
John Wooden is famous for many reasons, one of which is his leadership thoughts. One of the many quotes used in leadership circles states, “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”
The thought he expresses here speaks to one of the most significant areas about leadership.
We have all seen people with great ability, college and professional athletes, musicians, and others in the entertainment field. We also know that many who possess this great ability often demonstrate little character.
Without character, regardless of the ability, it is impossible to have lasting leadership. Nothing could be more true in connection to spiritual leaders.
Perhaps the major difference is the idea of being at the top, because spiritual leadership is about the humility to be at the bottom and to remain humble enough to stay there.
This is where leadership character is needed.
When spiritual influence is guided by a humble spirit, character seems to naturally follow. The combination of the two provides the staying power of a Christlike leadership needed today.
On this day we take time to express thanksgiving. We want you to know how thankful we are for you and your support of The Leadership Project. May this day be filled with wonderful memories.
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Light is defined as “a source of illumination.” Light, however, is so much more when we consider what it actually does and what it symbolizes for spiritual leaders.
We could say that light is simply the absence of darkness; “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all.”
Jesus claimed to be the “light of the world.” He also said His disciples were the “light of the world, a city set on a hill,” and followed this by saying, “Let your light shine.”
Leaders need to be illuminating a vision that is built on our faith and trust in God and His word.
Our light needs to shine forth the example of Jesus as it is revealed throughout the Gospels. When this happens, our good works are seen in such a way that others will glorify God.
Light is a key word in the Gospel of John. The next time you read through this powerful Gospel, highlight the word “light.” Then consider how the word is used in context and how it applies to our leadership. It is a study worth our time.